Daemen Students to Assist Buffalo Home Weatherization Project October 5

Energy savings as a result of weatherization improvements can be significant


September 25, 2013



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations





Contact:  Cheryl Bird

                Executive Director

                Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities

                and Civic Engagement




           Daemen College is pleased to partner with the WNY Apollo Alliance again this year for the Annual Fall Weatherization/Home Energy Conservation Kit (HECK) project, which will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


           Students from the Daemen College Service Learning Program will assist homeowners in the City of Buffalo with home energy conservation measures, such as weather stripping, caulking windows and doors, as well as insulating hot water tanks and pipes.


           Daemen students, campus clubs/organizations, along with clean energy activists and community volunteers, will join WNY Apollo Alliance to help weatherize homes and provide energy related assistance for low-income homeowners in Buffalo’s 14214, 14215 (North East Buffalo), and 14216 (North Buffalo) zip codes beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2013. The staging area for the event is the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, located at 3242 Main Street in Buffalo. 


           “There are a great many people living in Buffalo’s neighborhoods who are not able to afford the supplies to weatherize their homes each winter,” said Cheryl Bird, Executive Director of the Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement.  “This project provides a wonderful opportunity for Daemen students and classes to assist homeowners in making their homes safe and more energy-efficient for the upcoming winter.


           Bird pointed out that the energy savings for homeowners made as a result of weatherization improvements can be significant. “This is a great way to reduce energy consumption, and help minimize home energy costs,” she said.


           “This initiative not only enables us to assist low-income families in the goal of lowering their heating bills, it is also a service learning project,” stated Daemen College Service Learning Coordinator Susan Marchione, Ed.D.

           “The goal of Daemen’s service learning program is to instill in students a lifelong commitment to addressing problems faced by communities. Projects such as this make our students think beyond their own reality and gain a more global perspective.”


           Additional sponsors and donors to this project include West Side & Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.; and University District Community Development Association.  


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